Five Important Cybersecurity Issues You Need To Know About in 2017

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Joseph Steinberg

Published on January 24, 2017


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Watch the video below to learn about five issues that will be crucial in the information security landscape of 2017.

Here are some notes on the above video:

1. Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) – Threats from potential attackers who have the resources and desire to carry out sophisticated, difficult-to-defend-against attacks, and who are willing to keep attacking their intended targets until they successfully compromise them. Nation states and organized crime syndicates have seen the success of APTs, and will be escalating their cyber-actions for some time to come.

 2. Ransomware - Malware that prevents users from accessing their files until they pay a ransom to some criminal or criminal enterprise. The large growth and huge success of ransomware in 2016 means we will see more sinister variants in 2017; criminals know that many people and organizations are unprepared and improperly defended. We will also be likely to encounter criminals who do not actually release materials when paid ransoms.

3. Internet of Things (IoT) - The rapidly growing number of smart, non-classic computers connected to the Internet – including consumer, commercial, and industrial devices, many of which sport inadequate security – continue to create numerous security problems. We have already seen IoT cameras commandeered into a zombie army utilized to launch a massive DDoS attack that made many popular sites go offline – and that is likely just the tip of the iceberg.

4. Human Factors - Insiders (both those intending to inflict harm and those who do so by mistake) pose the greatest information-security risk to an organization. We have already seen how oversharing on social media helps criminals craft effective spear phishing attacks, which, in turn, has led to major breaches. Cyber-attackers know that humans are the weak link in the security chain.

5. Shortage of Information Security Professionals - With over 1,000,000 unfilled information security jobs, many organizations are short-staffed – creating both information-security risks and great opportunities for people willing to study information security.

Also, be sure to join Joseph Steinberg as he discusses cybersecurity in 2017 during a free webinar on Malware to IoT DDOS Attacks: What to expect and how to prepare

About the Author

The author is the CEO of SecureMySocial, a renowned cyber security thought leader, and author of several books on the topic, including (ISC)2’s official study guide for the CISSP-ISSMP exam. Recognized by Onalytica as one of the top cyber-security influencers in the world, he is also the inventor of several IT Security technologies widely-used today; his work is cited in over 100 published US patent filings. He is also one of only 28 people worldwide to hold the suite of advanced information-security certifications, CISSP, ISSAP, ISSMP, and CSSLP, indicating that he possesses a rare, robust knowledge of information security that is both broad and deep.


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